All the fun of the fair?
Fun though they seem, amusement parks are not completely without danger. Tiago Villanueva and colleagues shed light on the potential risks of amusement park rides to human health
- By: Tiago Villanueva, C Rodrigues Pinto, William Harvey
Alton Towers, Busch Gardens, Disney World, Six Flags, Cedar Point are some of the most popular amusement parks in the world. In 2004 more than 328 million people worldwide visited an amusement park. These parks not only offer experiences beyond our normal lives but they also enable a different type of getaway from the daily grind, and they cater to people of all ages and for whole families.
At New Jersey's Six Flags park is the Kingda Ka-the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world. It propels visitors to speeds of 206 km/h and through a 270 degree loop, making passengers feel weightless1. In direct proportion to the increasing concentrations of adrenaline and thrill enabled by more and more sophisticated attractions such as rollercoasters, however, are greater risk and danger. Fun, unfortunately, is sometimes accompanied by injuries and death.
Between 15 May 1994 and 14 May 2004, 40 people in